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'20/20' Preview: Mariah Carey Discusses Her Difficult Pregnancy!

Fri, October 21, 2011 3:11pm EDT by 1 Comment
Mariah Carey Difficult Pregnancy

Mariah Carey Difficult Pregnancy

Mariah suffered gestational diabetes and preeclampsia while pregnant with her twins!

On The View, Barbara Walters revealed details about the upcoming 20/20 episode with Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon. Not only will the couple introduce twins Monroe and Moroccan for the first time, but Mariah shared details about her difficult pregnancy.

The interview, which takes place in the room Nick proposed to Mariah, will give fans a first look at the couple’s set of twins. “They’re adorable!” exclaimed Barbara. However, it was a high-risk pregnancy for Mariah.

The singer said she had fertility treatments before her pregnancy and had to stay with it 10 weeks while she was pregnant to prevent risk of miscarriage! “I don’t think I understood the enormity and the magnitude of what it really does to your body,” she said.

“It was good, but it was scary,” Nick said about the pregnancy.

“My pregnancy was very unique in terms of what happened to me,” Mariah said. She continued by revealing that she had preeclampsia and gestational diabetes during her pregnancy. asked Dr. Melody T. McCloud, obstetrician-gynecologist and author, to explain these conditions.

Dr. McCloud cited her most recent book, Living Well, Despite Catching Hell: The Woman’s Guide to Health, Sex and Happiness, to detail what Mariah experienced during her pregnancy.

Preeclampsia primarily affects first-time mothers like Mariah. According to her: “It’s the ‘high-blood pressure problem’ of pregnancy. Patients with this condition usually have high blood pressure, swelling (called edema) in their legs and extra protein in their urine.”

She said treatment is delivery of the baby and management with magnesium sulfate, to help prevent seizures. Untreated, preeclampsia can lead to both maternal and fetal death!

Dr. McCloud said that Gestational Diabetes can result in very sick babies. She says all pregnant women are screened for this condition because it can affect the mother’s health, as well as result in an excessively large fetus. Mothers like Mariah who have it require strict management and careful monitoring of their blood sugar levels, insulin in most cases, serial ultrasounds and non-stress tests.

“Concern is also raised about the timing for delivery because diabetes has a way of slowing the rate at which the baby’s lungs mature while inside the mother,” she explained.

HollyBaby is glad Mariah and the twins are healthy now! Watch 20/20 tonight for MORE details on the family!

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